Around 2am last night, I get a PAX going from Mississauga to Hamilton. That is a $50+ ride, no problem, I will take that 30 min ride.
Before heading back to the GTA, I figured, I'm at bar-close hours in the Hammer, might as well see if there are any pings on LYFT. It was wall-to-wall stacked surge pings, so good on ya, Hamilton. So I was going all over the place in town. Nice.
While I was stopped at a red light with one of my final pax of the night (well after 3am), a police officer rolls up beside me at a red light, and gives the the hand-signal to roll down my window.
When I do, he says, "It's against the law to display a purple light in your window, please remove that," gesturing to the AMP. I tell him that it is LYFT, a ride-sharecompany like UBER, and that they have a license to operate in Hamilton. He says, you can carry on, just lose the light. I put the light down in my cup holder, and carry on with PAX, both of us get a chuckle out of the situation.
After I dropped opp PAX, Immediate ping follows 2 minutes away. Back goes the light on the dashboard. I didn't see any more coppers that evening. But part of me thinks this is just poor education on behalf of the local constabulary. (obviously this officer has never driven down college or queen street in Toronto on a Saturday night where ever 6 cars has an AMP in the window...)
Unless there is something that I don't know about the Hamilton market? (I rarely drive there.)